Category Archives for Entrees

Leftover Tortillas? Make a Quiche

I hate wasting food. I really do. But sometimes, I stash things in the freezer merely to avoid the guilt of trashing food at the present moment. By “things” I mean 4 tortillas or 6 egg whites or the heels … Continue reading

25. September 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees | 27 comments

Farmers’ Market Quesadillas

I found corn masa! Real corn masa. Like freshly made every day corn masa. El Toro Rojo (in my town, San Clemente) receives a delivery of this tortilla base every day precisely because real corn masa perishes that quickly. Tonight, … Continue reading

11. September 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Cheese, Eating Locally, Entrees, Vegetarian | 22 comments

Roasted Tomato Soup Thickened with Bread (Pappa Al Pomodoro)

At an adorable café in San Clemente, a bowl of tomato-and-bread soup sent four ladies knocking on the kitchen’s door. Through an open window, the women praised the chef for his creation, swooning over the soup’s deep, rich flavors, begging … Continue reading

24. August 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Appetizers, Eating Locally, Entrees, Side dishes, Soup, Vegetarian | 22 comments

Fish Tacos, Whisk n’ Ladle, Mango-Jicama Slaw, MSC-Certified Halibut & Reamers

I’m feeling sort of overwhelmed by everything I want to fit into this post. Bullet points, I hope, will help my cause. • So, after a week of feasting, I considered, for the first time ever, making tofu for dinner. … Continue reading

31. July 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Eating Locally, Entrees, Fish, Mexican, Salsa | 1 comment

Fish En Papillote

I have decided I sound too freaky to speak on camera. And so, I present to you a silent film: Fish en Papillote: (The video seems to stall a bit at 1:18. Just help it along by scrolling past that … Continue reading

13. July 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Fish | 3 comments

Good Stock

I’m sort of embarrassed about posting this video, but after I shot it, I couldn’t resist. I sound like such a freak. I’m pretty sure I don’t sound like that normally. Anyway, I happened to be preparing tinga, which I’ve … Continue reading

09. July 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Chicken, Entrees, Mexican | 4 comments

Summer Squash Tart & Happy Fourth!

Hi everyone. Happy Fourth. Just a quick post here. I made this tart, as you may recall, once last summer. This year’s version, made with squash entirely from my garden, is far more special. I must admit, however, this recipe … Continue reading

03. July 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Gardening, Lunch, Vegetarian | 1 comment

Selling Lentil Soup In The Summer and Helping Iowan Farmers

I know this isn’t the most summery of soups. Even us Southern Californians are experiencing a bit of a heat wave. So, why would anyone make lentil soup in the summer? It’s sort of a hard sell, I’ll admit, but … Continue reading

20. June 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Lunch, Soup, Vegetarian | 6 comments

Tortillas & Blossoms

I have a vision of the perfect tortilla. It’s made of corn, from fresh masa, not masa harina. It’s thin. It’s soft. And, ideally, it’s made to order on a griddle-like surface like the ones served every weekend at the … Continue reading

02. June 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Entrees, Gardening, Grass-fed Meat, Mexican | 1 comment

Breakfast Pizza For Dinner

Oh, how I wish I could take credit for this ingenious creation. Alas, I cannot. A very good friend of mine, after observing my egg obsession, kindly directed me to this Apartment Therapy site, offering me yet another way to … Continue reading

28. May 2008 by Alexandra Stafford
Categories: Bread, Breakfast, Eggs, Entrees, Pizza, Vegetarian | 4 comments

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